The Hibs midfielder is approaching ending the end of a seriously impressive first season with the Easter Road club – helping them to two cup finals and a play-off place.
He also earned his first ever Scotland cap in March as he put in a man of the match performance in a friendly against Denmark.
But things were very different for McGinn a year ago as he watched from the sidelines as his old club St Mirren were relegated to the Championship.
As most will know, McGinn wasn’t dropped or rested by manager Gary Teale – he was injured after a pole thrown in jest by team-mate Thompson pierced his thigh during a training session.
The young midfielder was forced to miss the remainder of the season, with his Buddies career ending on a bizarre low note.
But he’s obviously forgiven Thompson for the incident – making light of it in his online tribute to the retiring striker.
McGinn posted to Instagram:
Thompson is retiring at the age of 37 after 20 years in the game and can count St Mirren, Dundee United, Rangers, Cardiff and Burnley as the big clubs he’s played for.
He’ll always be remembered by Buddies fans for goals he scored for the club and helping them to League Cup glory in 2013.
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